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Please sign the petitions, send mails and share at facebook to help to free Captain Paul Watson! He is helping the oceans for many years, now he needs our help!

In shocking news, German officials have decided to proceed with the extradition of Captain Watson to Costa Rica.  Our last hope of saving Captain Watson from extradition is to convince German officials at the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to step in and overturn their decision.  Show your support for Captain Watson by contacting Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Federal Minister of Justice in Berlin, Germany.  Let her know that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and thus should be ignored by the German government.  With international support we can set Captain Watson free, and keep him from the possibility of facing an unfair trial in Costa Rica.

Please contact: (Please be respectful in your communications)

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
Federal Minister of Justice
Deutscher Bundestag
Platz der Republik
11011 Berlin

Telephone 0049 30 227 751 62
Fax 0049 30 227 764 02
E-Mail: sabine.leutheusser-schnarrenberger@bundestag.de

Please comment on her facebookside: https://www.facebook.com/BMJustiz

 

Federal Ministry of Justice
Mohrenstrasse 37
10117 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 30 18 580-0
Telefax: +49 30 18 580-9525

 

Dr. Guido Westerwelle
Minister of Foreign Affairs
FDP-Bundestagsfraktion
Platz der Republik 1
11011 Berlin

Tel.: 0049 30 22771636
Fax: 0049 30 22776562
E-Mail: guido.westerwelle@bundestag.de

Please comment on his facebookside: http://www.facebook.com/westerwelle?ref=ts

Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck:

E-Mail: bundespraesidialamt@bpra.bund.de

Sample Letter:

Dear Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,

I was very concerned to hear that Germany has detained Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson for possible extradition to Costa Rica. I understand that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and possibly due to an incident in which Sea Shepherd uncovered an illegal shark finning operation.

I support Sea Shepherd's efforts to monitor and publicise illegal fishing and whaling around the world and recognize that some illegal fishing operations try to use international law to shut down the Sea Shepherd operations. I urge you to consider the valuable work Captain Watson and Sea Shepherd are undertaking globally to highlight the dangers to our oceans in considering this extradition request.

Sincerely,

Your Name.


And please sign the following petitions:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/663/009/291/release-paul-watson/


https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/FREE_CAPTAIN_WATSON_FROM_SEA_S...




Thank you all!


Here some links for more information:

http://www.seashepherd.org/

http://www.facebook.com/seashepherdconservationsociety

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=N5gN0wB...

http://www.30bananasaday.com/video/free-captain-paul-watson

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laney, these posts may help bring you up to scratch:

http://www.30bananasaday.com/xn/detail/2684079:Comment:2563918

http://www.30bananasaday.com/xn/detail/2684079:Comment:2572259

and of course there is the sscs site:

http://www.seashepherd.org/

in friendship,

prad

Signed one of the petitions and send an e-mail. Sea Shephard has my support!


thx for doing  this brian.

in friendship,

prad

below is the latest entry from sscs from paul himself:

http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/05/22/our-voices-for...

in friendship,

prad

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Our Voices for the Sharks in a Heartfelt Pledge of Cooperation on the May 23rd Day of Protest

By Captain Paul Watson

Shark living wild and free. Photo: Nicolas VeraShark living wild and free. Photo: Nicolas VeraMuch has been happening since I have been arrested in Germany. Captain Alex Cornelissen and our legal team in Costa Rica have been meeting with officials in Costa Rica. Our excellent German legal team working with Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd Director of Investigations Scott West, and myself has been working with officials, judges, police, and the media in Germany. Sea Shepherd volunteers around the world have been passionately working to assist in every way possible. It has been an incredibly positive response to not just my arrest but to the realization that this is about something more than just my freedom. This is about protecting life in our oceans and it is about the courage, initiative, and imagination to see possibilities instead of conflict, to see where positive change can be brought about in place of conflict.

Tomorrow is an international day of protest on my behalf and it is important that we direct our energies in a positive manner.

We do not want to attack the President or the government of Costa Rica. We would like to approach the Costa Rican government in a positive manner, not simply to resolve this legal issue but more importantly to find a way to work cooperatively with Costa Rica to end the illegal practice of shark finning and to protect the fragile marine eco-systems surrounding Cocos Island.

Ten years ago when this conflict first arose there was a different government and a far stronger shark finning operation. In fact, we felt at the time that the entire affair was orchestrated to prevent Sea Shepherd and the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment from working cooperatively to protect the Cocos Island National Park. That, unfortunately, is exactly what occurred and whereas we have spent the last 12 years working in positive cooperation with the rangers of the Galapagos and the Ecuadorian Federal Police, we have been denied the opportunity to work with the rangers of Cocos and the government of Costa Rica.

We believe we can accomplish a great deal more here than simply dropping charges against me. I believe we can address these charges and more importantly I believe we just may be able to directly initiate a relationship with Costa Rica that will positively benefit the sharks and other marine species of the Cocos Island National Park. I am willing to risk that the new government of Costa Rica is more enlightened and much more concerned with protecting sharks and marine life than the government we dealt with a decade ago.

Towards this end I am willing to address the judicial demands, but more importantly I do not want to lose the opportunity of actually being able to work- hands on- with Costa Rica to do what we are most passionate about – the preservation of the shark and marine species of Cocos Island National Park.

Dead sharks from an illegal shark finning operationDead sharks from an illegal shark finning operation Finned sharks from an illegal fishing operation. Photo: Mavis BullardFinned sharks from an illegal fishing operation. Photo: Mavis Bullard

I think we can reach an understanding with Costa Rica and I am willing to risk whatever it takes to realize the possibility that Sea Shepherd can once again partner with our ranger friends on Cocos Island.

The demonstrations tomorrow should not focus on Costa Rica.  We should focus on Germany. Germany has the power to politically set me free. The red list arrest warrant issued to Interpol was voided as politically motivated and dismissed practically everywhere in the world except for Germany.

I unfortunately landed in Germany- the one nation where Interpol’s decisions are disregarded.

I have found since I have arrived in Germany that the German people are incredibly supportive from the judges to the prison guards, to the police, to the taxi drivers, to the people on the streets and in the shops. The German people are very conservation minded and they get it.

Our task is to convince the government of Germany that conservation is about being active about taking risks and that the environment must be put before politics. Therefore let us focus our energies on May 23rd towards politely appealing to German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger to drop this extradition demand.

In return I will make this promise – that I will initiate a cooperative relationship with Costa Rica to protect Cocos Island National Park and the sharks. Costa Rica will have my word on this and the entire world will be on notice that I have made this pledge.

I feel it is better to move forward positively than to waste so much time in conflict and dispute, when there is a real possibility here to create something positive and effective in addressing the real issue and that is the protection and conservation of the marine eco-systems of Costa Rica.

So please everyone – tomorrow, be polite yet firm in requesting that the extradition be dropped. Tomorrow is the opportunity to speak to the German government. The Minister has the power to drop this extradition demand.

All of you participating have my deepest appreciation for taking the time to speak on behalf of securing my freedom and especially thank you for your passionate concern for the defense of life in our oceans.

Let us make history and take the lessons of Nelson Mandela to mind that we can work together because just as the strength of an eco-system is determined by diversity, the strength of an effective movement is determined by the diversity of imagination, resourcefulness, skills, and passions of a community of caring people.

We are a force for positive change and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud of our record of saving lives without causing injury to life. We hold out our hand to Costa Rica and we respectfully request that Germany allow us to resolve this issue with integrity and a cooperative spirit.

Sincerely

Captain Paul Watson

We believe we can accomplish a great deal more here than simply dropping charges against me. I believe we can address these charges and more importantly I believe we just may be able to directly initiate a relationship with Costa Rica that will positively benefit the sharks and other marine species of the Cocos Island National Park. I am willing to risk that the new government of Costa Rica is more enlightened and much more concerned with protecting sharks and marine life than the government we dealt with a decade ago.

Beautiful!!!

  

  

I have found since I have arrived in Germany that the German people are incredibly supportive from the judges to the prison guards, to the police, to the taxi drivers, to the people on the streets and in the shops. The German people are very conservation minded and they get it.

Our task is to convince the government of Germany that conservation is about being active about taking risks and that the environment must be put before politics. Therefore let us focus our energies on May 23rd towards politely appealing to German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger to drop this extradition demand.

And Beautiful!!!




 


now that's taking lemons and making lemonade!!

that's why he's "master and commander"!

in friendship,

prad

signed lidia!

thx for posting this!

in friendship,

prad

here's the latest!

Captain Paul Watson Meets with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica E...

key item:

“The meeting was positive and Mr. Castillo was very open to finding a solution to both the situation regarding my arrest and to the possibility of working with Sea Shepherd to protect sharks and the integrity of the Cocos Island Marine Reserve.” Said Captain Paul Watson.

full text copied below.

in friendship,

prad

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Captain Paul Watson Meets with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica Enrique Castillo

Sea Shepherd supporters in Venice, Italy rally to support Captain WatsonSea Shepherd supporters in Venice, Italy rally to support Captain WatsonCaptain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd Director of Investigations Scott West took a quick train trip to Stuttgard, Germany today to meet with the Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo. “The meeting was positive and Mr. Castillo was very open to finding a solution to both the situation regarding my arrest and to the possibility of working with Sea Shepherd to protect sharks and the integrity of the Cocos Island Marine Reserve.” Said Captain Paul Watson.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is working towards turning this controversy into something positive, first by focusing worldwide attention on the horrific practice of finning sharks and secondly to extend efforts to Costa Rica to assist the rangers and the Coast Guard in putting an end to poaching and shark finning. Sea Shepherd has made great progress over the last twelve years in the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve and would like the opportunity to assist Costa Rica in protecting Cocos Island. In 2001, Sea Shepherd supplied equipment and supplies to the Cocos Island National Park rangers and that same year, Captain Watson seized the Ecuadorian long liner San Jose in the marine reserve. He turned the vessel over to the Costa Rican rangers and the San Jose became the first poaching vessel confiscated by the Costa Rican courts. The evidence Sea Shepherd gathered helped considerably with the conviction.

In 2002, just two days before Sea Shepherd was scheduled to sign an agreement with Costa Rica to work closely with the rangers the same way Sea Shepherd works with the rangers and the police of Ecuador in the Galapagos, the incident occurred between the Sea Shepherd crew and the Costa Rican fishermen, who Sea Shepherd caught poaching sharks. The accusations from the crew of the Varadero I, a vessel that Captain Watson caught shark finning in Guatemalan territorial waters, brought an end to the cooperation between Sea Shepherd and Costa Rica.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society considers Cocos Island to be one of the most treasured marine eco-systems in the world. The Society would like to resume where we were forced to leave off in 2002, with a cooperative effort between Sea Shepherd and Costa Rica to work together to defend, protect, and conserve the ecological integrity of Cocos Island National Park.

Sea Shepherd supporters gather in Paris, France for S.O.S. DaySea Shepherd supporters gather in Paris, France for S.O.S. Day“If Costa Rica believes that there is a need to put me on trial over the absurd accusations of these fishermen we caught poaching sharks then I am prepared to cooperate with the judicial system to present our video evidence, our logbooks, and our crew as witnesses to those events. Costa Rica needs only to assign a date for a trial and I will appear before the Costa Rican Court voluntarily, if given assurances that my safety will be guaranteed. There is no need for an extradition. All Costa Rica needs to do is make a request to appear.”  Said Captain Watson.

The objective of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is to work with Costa Rica to defend sharks and other marine species. Captain Watson believes that this situation offers some very positive opportunities to reestablish Sea Shepherd as a cooperative partner with the rangers of Cocos Island.

Germany can make the decision to end the extradition proceedings. Costa Rica can also make the decision to withdraw the extradition.

Captain Watson is deeply touched by the enormous demonstrations of support from all over the world. “More and more people are becoming concerned and involved with the protection of life in the ocean and it is very encouraging to see so many people rally to this cause” he said from Frankfurt where he remains restricted to Germany for the time being.

Click here to see the article and video from the Costa Rican media.

Really great news!!!!  Let's keep the pressure on!

   


Margaret Mead
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
  --  Margaret Mead

great quote!

in friendship,

prad

this is from may 23, but we didn't get it up here on time.

notice they had 400 sscs supporters out!!

A Call From Berlin To Defend Our Oceans

in friendship,

prad

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A Call From Berlin To Defend Our Oceans

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

What a day!

Captain Watson joins Sea Shepherd supporters in Berlin. Photo: Jan HolsteCaptain Watson joins Sea Shepherd supporters in Berlin. Photo: Jan HolsteWith only a couple of hours sleep, Scott West and I caught a cab to Frankfurt airport at 0430 hours with a stop on the way for my first report of the day to the Frankfurt police station. We caught the 0730 flight to Berlin where we were met by Jean and Ulrike of Sea Shepherd Berlin and from there were driven straight to the Victory Statue plaza where Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda of Costa Rica was due to pass by.

When we arrived there were already about a hundred people present and not long after, the Costa Rican President drove by on her way into the city. We clearly got her attention. We knew she would be coming back for her scheduled meeting with the German government at Schloss Bellevue, the residence of the German President. As we waited hundreds more people arrived all wearing Sea Shepherd shirts, some from Hamburg, Munich and Bremerhaven, Cologne and others from Australia, Netherlands, and even Costa Rica.

By the time President Chinchilla Miranda returned in her police escorted motorcade, there were about 400 Sea Shepherd supporters and about a dozen Berlin police officers who were also very supportive. There was no doubt that Sea Shepherd Berlin was well represented and it was made evident to the President that our support base is strong.

All through the day diverse reports kept coming in of Sea Shepherd demonstrations in front of German embassies and consulates in Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the United States, South Africa, France, Spain, Brazil, Costa Rica, and many other countries. In Paris the protest took place at the Eiffel Tower.

The Jolly Roger flies proudly above the Victory Statue Plaza in Berlin. Photo: Jan HolsteThe Jolly Roger flies proudly above the Victory Statue Plaza in Berlin. Photo: Jan HolsteThe demonstrations were organized to call for my freedom and to send a message to Germany to drop an extradition charge that Interpol has already dismissed as politically motivated, but it was also about something more. My arrest on a charge stemming from disrupting illegal shark fin poaching operations in Central America a decade ago, has given Sea Shepherd Conservation Society a wonderful opportunity to shift the focus to the international travesty and criminality of shark finning- the brutal and remorseless massacre of tens of millions of sharks worldwide to supply the shark fin soup demands of some Asian countries.

It was an opportunity to focus attention on Dr. Giam Choo Hoo of Singapore, the notorious member of the UN committee CITES, who works for the shark finning industry and has helped to block protection for endangered species of sharks. It was an opportunity to focus on the incredible slaughter of sharks in Central and Latin America and the insatiable demand for shark fins in Asia.

It was an opportunity to focus on our up-coming summer campaign to the South Pacific to investigate shark finning. It was also an opportunity to offer Costa Rica an offer of cooperation and support to defend and protect the beautifully unique marine eco-system around Costa Rica’s treasured Cocos Island.

Although I was a Berliner for a day, I had to leave the incredible crowd of passionate German Sea Shepherd activists to return to Frankfurt where I was able to report to the police before five o’clock. Under the terms of my release I must report to the Frankfurt police station twice daily, once before eleven in the morning and again before five in the afternoon.  Of course I am not allowed to leave Germany. Although not a prisoner in the actual prison anymore, I remain a prisoner under house arrest, forbidden to leave Germany until the extradition demand is dropped or until I am forced to go to Costa Rica.

Sea Shepherd demonstrators in Berlin. Photo: Jan HolsteSea Shepherd demonstrators in Berlin.
Photo: Jan Holste
In Frankfurt for the evening and unable to attend our 35th anniversary fund raising event in Cannes, I was still able to participate by Skype with all those attending, not quite the same thing but better than nothing. It has always been my policy to expect the unexpected and then work to make the unexpected work for the cause. That is what we are doing and we are turning the inconvenience of my restrictions to Germany into a campaign not just to free myself from this extradition demand, but more importantly to make this a campaign about saving our sharks and defending our oceans.

In 1997 when I faced a similar situation in the Netherlands where I was held for 120 days on a Norwegian extradition request, we were able to turn the internment into a highly publicized campaign against Norwegian whaling. We now have an excellent opportunity to take advantage of this turn of events to address the plight of the sharks of the world’s oceans. This showing by thousands of people worldwide calling for action to win my freedom is much appreciated and incredibly encouraging. Yet even more encouraging is the opportunity to explore real possibilities for hands-on shark conservation work in Costa Rica and the opportunity to reach millions of people with the important message that sharks are endangered and we need to do all that we can to defend and protect them. Thanks to the encouraging support of thousands of people worldwide I can see the bright side of my position here as a prisoner in Germany. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is becoming a stronger voice every day in defense of the diversity of living species in our oceans. Today gave me the opportunity to see that collective voice in action and what I saw was a passionate, dedicated, and loving concern for our oceans and the wonderful sentient beings that dwell within the briny depths of our life sustaining oceans.

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